Barbara Prammer

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Barbara Prammer (2014)

Barbara Prammer (born Thaller ; born January 11, 1954 in Ottnang am Hausruck ; † August 2, 2014 in Vienna ) was an Austrian politician ( SPÖ ). She was President of the National Council from 2006 until her death .


Barbara Prammer in Parliament (2007)

After attending the commercial academy in Vöcklabruck, Upper Austria (1968–1973), Prammer worked at the Ottnang municipal office. From 1978 to 1986 she studied sociology at the Johannes Kepler University Linz and graduated with the academic degree Mag. Rer. soc. oec. (Magistra rerum socialium oeconomicarumque, Magistra of Social and Economic Sciences) . This was followed by professional activities as a social and professional pedagogue at the Linz Center for Rehabilitation (until 1989) and at the Upper Austria Employment Service, where she was a women's officer.

Barbara Prammer was married to Wolfgang Prammer from 1980 to 2001 and was the mother of two children. Her daughter Julia was the second chairwoman of the ÖH -Salzburg, List of Greens & Alternative Students (GRAS), and was district spokeswoman for Die Grünen Salzburg .

On September 13, 2013, at a press conference, her press spokesman, Gerhard Marschall, announced that Barbara Prammer was seriously ill. For the time being, however, she wants to continue the official business as President of the National Council. According to an agreement with the Second President Fritz Neugebauer , Prammer wanted to be represented by the latter if he was unable to attend. On September 24, Prammer announced that it was cancer , but that it would continue to exercise its political functions. On May 8, 2014, Prammer made her last major political appearance at the Festival of Joy on Heldenplatz .

At the age of 61, Barbara Prammer died with her family as a result of her cancer . The grave, an honorary grave of the City of Vienna , is located in the Vienna Central Cemetery . In 2018 the Barbara-Prammer-Allee in Vienna- Donaustadt (22nd district) was named after her and in 2019 the Barbara-Prammer-Hof in the Fontanastraße in Vienna- Favoriten .


On August 9, 2014, the adoption took place in front of the parliament, which amounted to a state funeral , whereby Barbara Prammer was adopted with a tattoo . She had previously been laid out in the pillared hall of the parliament building, where thousands of citizens said goodbye. In addition to speeches by the second President of the National Council, Karlheinz Kopf and the incumbent President of the Federal Council Ana Blatnik , there were also honors by Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi , Minister of Education and Women's Affairs Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek , by Chancellor Werner Faymann and Federal President Heinz Fischer .

Among the state guests were the German Bundestag President Norbert Lammert , his counterpart from Montenegro , Ranko Krivokapić , the President of the Croatian Sabor , Josip Leko , the President of the Czech House of Representatives , Jan Hamáček , the President of the Slovenian State Assembly , Milan Brglez , the Vice-President of the EU Parliament , Ulrike Lunacek , the EU Regional Commissioner, Johannes Hahn , the Vice-President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic , Jana Laššáková , the former Hungarian Parliament President, Katalin Szili , the Honorary Chairwoman of the Socialist Women International, Pia Locatelli , and the Secretary-General from Cameroon of the Inter-Parliamentary Union , Martin Chungong .


In 1990 she was elected regional woman chairwoman of the SPÖ Upper Austria and held this position until 2005. In 1995 she elected the Federal SPÖ as one of the deputy party leaders. From 1991 she worked as a member of the state parliament and vice-president of the state parliament in Upper Austrian regional politics. From 1995 to 1997 she was State Councilor for Housing and Nature Conservation .

In February 1997, the then Federal Chancellor Viktor Klima appointed her to his government as Federal Minister for Women's Affairs and Consumer Protection . In her three years as minister, she attracted attention with unusual family policy statements.

Regarding the unequal retirement age of men and women, she said in 2002: “These five years are a pledge in the hands of women, and this pledge is very, very valuable and precious and it was in the past and it will be in the future . That means that here women still have the option, 'You in politics, you or you, dear society, still owe us a lot, and then when you have done these tasks, so to speak, then we talk about the statutory retirement age.' accept". In doing so, she formulated the paradigm of Austrian social policy, which is still valid today , of compensating for the unequal situation between men and women through affirmative action , a one-sided preference for the disadvantaged, and to resolve it more quickly.


Barbara Prammer (2011)
Honorary grave of Barbara Prammer in the Vienna Central Cemetery

In fact, during her term of office, Prammer was able to successfully implement one of the more important gender equality concerns, namely in 1999 the anchoring of the “full balance of contributions” in marriage in family and marriage law. Her predecessor Helga Konrad initiated this in 1996 with the half-and-half campaign , but was recalled shortly afterwards due to the enormous stir. Prammer was then able to achieve the amicable amendment of the ABGB in three years of work to find a consensus, and thus overall a course in equality policy, and beyond that also in the entire social policy, which concerns the processes "within the own four walls" of the Austrians.

Barbara Prammer has been a member of the National Council since the National Council election in October 1999 . When the SPÖ went into opposition on February 4, 2000 with the accession of Wolfgang Schüssel's government , it became the deputy chairwoman of the SP parliamentary group.

On June 16, 2004, Prammer was elected Vice-President by the Austrian National Council with 96 of 157 votes. From July 6th to 8th, 2004 she acted together with President Andreas Khol (ÖVP) and Third Vice President Thomas Prinzhorn as the incumbent head of state after the death of Federal President Thomas Klestil . In 2006 she was the first woman to be elected President of the Austrian National Council. The political observers therefore paid particular attention to the results of the (secret) vote. With 135 of 166 valid MPs, it achieved the same percentage of approval as its predecessor Andreas Khol four years earlier. In her inaugural address, she spoke out in favor of strengthening minority rights in the National Council. In 2008, Prammer was re-elected President of the National Council with 140 out of 168 valid votes, and in 2013 with 147 out of 179 valid votes.

Karl Müller paid tribute to Prammer in his capacity as chairman of the Theodor Kramer Society , with a special focus on the memory policy goals of this society, which Prammer supported. Müller called her a politician who “has done groundbreaking for an Austrian remembrance and commemorative policy that deserves this name. She has opened the (Vienna) Parliament to the expellees and refugees of the years since 1938 by repeatedly inviting the survivors and their descendants to the House and by campaigning for the scientific analysis of the Nazi era and its consequences. Her speeches were those of an authentic woman who knew about the abysses, the irrevocable guilt and responsibility, and at the same time about the greatness of Austria. "



  • We are democracy. An encouragement . Edition Outlook, Vienna / Ohlsdorf 2013, ISBN 978-3-903798-01-4 .
  • Who does not know the destination will not find the way. New answers to old questions . Styria Premium, Vienna / Graz / Klagenfurt 2011, ISBN 978-3-222-13332-9 .
  • Barbara Prammer, Barbara Rosenberg, Karl A. Duffek (eds.): The quality of democracy. Criteria, findings, challenges . Löcker, Vienna 2011, ISBN 978-3-85409-556-9 .


  • Gerhard Marschall , Christina Hornek-Zeiss, Reinhard Deutsch (eds.): Thank you, Barbara! The book of memories of Barbara Prammer . Edition Outlook, Vienna / Ohlsdorf 2015, ISBN 978-3-903798-35-9 .

Web links

Commons : Barbara Prammer  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Upper Austria News : After being diagnosed at the General Hospital in Linz, Barbara Prammer retires for the time being ; Retrieved November 11, 2013
  2. Press release on Parliament's website , accessed on August 2, 2014.
  3. ^ Erika Pichler: Student City Salzburg? In: Salzburger Nachrichten . October 11, 2003, ISSN  1015-1303 , p. 2 ( online [accessed March 25, 2013]).
  4. ^ Enough about politics . In: Salzburger Nachrichten . May 20, 2005, ISSN  1015-1303 , p. L2 ( online [accessed March 26, 2013]). online ( memento of the original from March 26, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was automatically inserted and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. The Greens Salzburg. The Greens Salzburg , accessed on March 25, 2012 .
  6. ^ National Council President Barbara Prammer "seriously ill" . Austria from September 13, 2013; Retrieved September 13, 2013.
  7. Christian Böhmer: Barbara Prammer is seriously ill . Courier of September 13, 2013; Retrieved September 13, 2013
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  10. Conrad Seidl: President of the National Council Barbara Prammer: "Death of a great parliamentarian" ., August 2, 2014; Retrieved August 3, 2014
  11. ^ Deceased President of the National Council Prammer receives state funeral ., August 3, 2014; Retrieved August 3, 2014
  12. ^ Obituary notice: President of the National Council Mag. Barbara Prammer
  13. ^ First new community building: Barbara Prammer-Hof in Vienna completed. In: The press . November 5, 2019, accessed November 5, 2019 .
  14. Press release of the ÖGV: The pledge in the hands of women - a boomerang? ( Memento from April 11, 2013 in the web archive )
  15. ^ Prammer's "pledge in the hands of women" - retirement age. ORF report, March 19, 2002
  16. List of all decorations awarded by the Federal President for services to the Republic of Austria from 1952. (PDF; 6.9 MB) Austrian Parliament , April 23, 2012, p. 1354 , accessed on February 26, 2013 (awarded in 2000).
  17. ^ Highest French award for Barbara Prammer. In: OTS press release, January 18, 2015, accessed on August 3, 2014.